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How to Eat Local in the Winter

Annie B. Bond by Annie B. Bond | December 25th, 2013 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating, Healthy Home | tags: carbon-footprint, eating in season, eating local, food, food miles, frozen food, winter vegetables


Are carrots and turnips getting a bit old? What to eat?! It sure is tempting to reach for artichokes and avocados instead, but out-of-season produce is an extravagance because it is so energy-intensive to transport to your kitchen.

Green Your Family: A 5-Step Plan to Success

Leslie Garrett by Leslie Garrett | April 21st, 2011 | 4 Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: bicycle, bicycling, bike, car-pooling, carbon-footprint, cars, children, climate change, driving, eco-friendly, emissions, energy, environment, family, food miles, garbage, go green, investing, kids, local, money, new year's resolutions, parenting, planet, power, public transit, recycling, saving, showers, tele-commuting, trash, waste, water use

Family taking out the recycling

Was “go green” one of your New Year’s resolutions? Even if your composter is still empty and there are chemical cleaners still lurking in your cabinets, don’t fret — Only 12 percent of those who make New Year’s resolutions actually keep them for a year. Which, frankly, is 12 percent more than I would have guessed. But if you’re like me and the other 88 percent, what can help us keep resolutions is the support of others.

With that in mind, this Earth Day I’m enlisting my family in the greening goals I set for 2011. And by “greening” (aren’t we all just getting sick to death of that word?), I mean treading more lightly on my wallet, my Daytimer, my blood pressure and Mother Earth. Surely THAT’s a resolution worth fighting for!

Boxed Wine: Tacky or Eco-Trendy?

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | February 12th, 2010 | No Comments
topic: Green Living | tags: bag-in-box, boxed wine, carbon-footprint, food miles, wine

I am no wine snob. Most of the time, I pick the bottle that has the best label and isn’t shipped from another continent (to reduce carbon miles).

Still, I was a little surprised when I went to a small dinner party a couple of weeks ago and watched my host fill my glass of red wine from a box.

How to Be an Informed Foodie

Jessica Harlan by Jessica Harlan | October 22nd, 2009 | No Comments
topic: Green Living, Health & Wellness, Healthy Eating | tags: 101 Cookbooks, Department of Agriculture's Food Safety and Inspection Service, eating in season, eating locally, eating seasonal, Environmental Defense Fund, environmentally-friendly fish, environmentally-friendly seafood, farmed fish, Food and Drug Administration, food blogs, food miles, food recalls, food research websites, food websites, foodie, local farmers, local food, Monterey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch, National Resources Defense Council, pick-your-own farms, product recalls, seasonal foods, Tastespotting, U.S. Recall News, vegan recipes

Whatever did we do before the Internet? As a writer, it’s obviously the first place I turn to start working on an article. And as a consumer, I rarely make an important purchase decision without doing a little research on the company, what others think of the product, and where I can buy it for the best price.

Why I’m Trying to Put Frozen Produce on Ice

Ginny Figlar Colón by Ginny Figlar Colón | February 3rd, 2009 | 2 Comments
topic: Green Living, Healthy Eating | tags: carbon-footprint, eating in season, eating local, food miles, recipes, winter vegetables

Just because most of my frozen veggies are eco doesn't make them the most environmentally friendly food choice.
Just because most of my frozen veggies are eco doesn’t make them the most environmentally friendly food choice.

For those of us trying our best to eat seasonally, this is the most challenging time of year. The farmers’ markets are closed down until spring in most parts of the country (here in Sweden, too), and the backyard garden looks like a cemetery of plant stakes.